Industry Affiliate Program for Teaching Design Thinking
Membership in this program gives industrial representatives the opportunity for close association with the faculty and students in one of the nation's most highly regarded design education programs.
Companies are welcome to send job postings for electronic distribution to Design students and alumni.
Our affiliate companies are eligible to participate in project courses. Student teams and/or individuals are involved in the synthesis of design solutions to problems that are supplied by industry.
An annual meeting is held on campus for all members of the program. This gathering provides an important opportunity to meet with students, exchange technical information and ideas with others, and obtain information on current and future developments in Design. This meeting emphasizes the importance of constant involvement between all of us through workshops, student activities, research and personal contact.
An important part of the affiliate's role is to ensure that faculty and students are aware of industrial conditions and needs, keeping them current on present developments and future plans via a constant exchange of theory and methodology. This will assure that teaching and research within the academic system are in tune with industrial interests and concerns.
Direct links are established by individual choice between a member of the faculty and a corporate affiliate representative. Through this close association, areas of interest common to both organizations are identified and joint projects formulated. The faculty liaison assures a satisfactory response to corporate affiliate needs. This is accomplished through visits to affiliate facilities, by providing information about current Design activities and by supporting student recruiting activities. Close contact between the affiliate and the Design Goup fosters renewed commitment and is a vital component of the Design Industrial Affiliates Teaching Program. Site presentations and all information, data and results arising from such visitation interactions will be shared with all members and the public.
Program Membership Fees and Benefits
To explore opportunities for participation, please review our summary of Stanford Mechanical Engineering Design Project Opportunities with Industry